It’s almost February and winter blues have set in. If you haven’t booked tickets to the Sunshine State, an alternative escape into the world of horticulture may be just what you need. Check out these upcoming flower shows and events for inspiration. Send us pictures if attend any of these events along with a review of the displays!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Plant-O-Rama– January 31st. “Plant-O-Rama is an all-day event featuring a free horticultural trade show as well as lectures by leaders in the professional gardening field including Michael Dirr. Mr. Dirr is the leading expert on trees and shrubs and author of the NEW Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs, the most comprehensive, best-illustrated, and most authoritative reference yet on woody plants for gardens and landscapes.” If you haven’t reserved tickets to hear him speak, then just enjoy the trade show and exhibits!
Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza– Now through March 25. Longwood’s new displays take inspiration from the architectural features of the conservatory “Taking inspiration from our Conservatory’s arching windows, this year’s Orchid Extravaganza features a new 13-foot living arch. Stand beneath this artful curved structure of 350 white Phalaenopsis and you’ll feel your eyes drawn toward the violet orchid orbs suspended above the Exhibition Hall. Another new element of our orchid display, each of our six vibrant orbs features 120 orchids.
New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show– March 3 through April 22. “Renowned botanist and vertical gardening provocateur Patrick Blanc creates towering spectacles of tropical life. Dangling from Blanc’s signature ”green walls,” thousands of orchids abandon the constraints of gravity. In an explosion of alluring color and fragrance, exotic plant walls rise high above the Conservatory’s Reflecting Pool and Seasonal Exhibition Galleries.”
The Philadelphia Flower Show– March 4-11. “The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show will introduce visitors to a tropical experience that blends next-stage digital technology with the natural beauty and rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands. Guests will have fun, learn, and be wowed by real-time floral competitions, the world’s largest lettuce wall, internationally renowned speakers, and a new layout of displays.”